The entertainment and acting world knows Evan Rachel Wood as an American actress and singer. She began her acting career in the late 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic and Once and Again. She made her debut as a leading film actress in Little Secrets (2002) and became well known after her transition to a more adult-oriented Golden Globe-nominated role in the teen drama film Thirteen (2003).
Wood continued acting mostly in independent films, including Pretty Persuasion (2005), Down in the Valley (2006), Running with Scissors (2006), and in the big studio production Across the Universe (2007). Since 2008, Wood has appeared in more mainstream films, including The Wrestler (2008), Whatever Works (2009) and The Ides of March (2011). She has also returned to television, playing the supporting role of Queen Sophie-Anne on True Blood from 2009 to 2011 and playing Kate Winslet's daughter in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, a role for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Wood has been described by The Guardian as "one of the best actresses of her generation." Her personal life, particularly her relationship with Marilyn Manson, to whom she was engaged until August 2010, has attracted press attention.
Early life and familyEvan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a locally prominent actor, singer, theater director, and playwright who is the Executive Director of a local regional theatre company called Theatre in the Park. Her mother, Sara Lynn Moore (born March 6, 1958), is an actress, director, and acting coach. Wood's brother, Ira David Wood IV, is also an actor; she has another brother, Dana. Her paternal aunt, Carol Winstead Wood, is a Hollywood production designer.
|Wood's as Hlen Keller in The Miracle Worker|
Early Works: 1994–2000Wood began her career appearing in several made-for-television films from 1994 onward, also playing an occasional role in the television series American Gothic. In 1996, Wood's parents separated and later divorced, and Wood moved with her mother to her mother's native Los Angeles County, California. After a one-season role on the television drama Profiler, Wood was cast in the supporting role of Jessie Sammler on the television show Once and Again.
|Wood's in Digging to China|
2001–2005Wood made her teenage debut as a leading film actress in 2002's Little Secrets, directed by Blair Treu, where she played aspiring 14-year-old concert violinist Emily Lindstrom. For that role, she was nominated for Best Leading Young Actress at the Young Artist Awards. That same year, Wood played a supporting role in the Andrew Niccol-directed science fiction satirical drama film, S1m0ne, which starred Al Pacino.
Thirteen. She played the role of Tracy Louise Freeland, one of two young teens who sink into a downward spiral of hard drugs, sex, and petty crime. Her performance was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress - Drama and for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Best Actress. During the time of Thirteen's release, Vanity Fair named Wood as one of the It Girls of Hollywood, and she appeared, along with the other actresses, on the magazine's July 2003 cover. A supporting role opposite Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones in Ron Howard's The Missing, in which she played the kidnapped daughter, Lilly Gilkeson, in a Searchers-style western, followed the same year. Also in 2003 she played the part of Nora Easton in the episode "Got Murder?" of TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2005, Wood appeared in the Mike Binder-directed The Upside of Anger, opposite Kevin Costner and Joan Allen, a well-reviewed film in which Wood played Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer, one of four sisters dealing with their father's absence. Her character also narrated the film.
Wood's next two starring roles were in dark independent films. In the 2005 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival nominee Pretty Persuasion, a black comedy/satirical focusing on themes of sexual harassment and discrimination in schools and attitudes about females in media and society, Wood played Kimberly Joyce, a villainous, sexually active high-schooler. One critic commented, "Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she's impossible to hate."
|Woods in Down in the Valley|
In 2005, Wood starred in the music videos for Bright Eyes' "At the Bottom of Everything" and Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends".
2006–presentIn September 2006, Wood received Premiere magazine's "Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent." Also in 2006, she was described by The Guardian as being "wise beyond her years" and as "one of the best actresses of her generation."
|Woods in Running with Scissors|
Wood had roles in two films released in September 2007. King of California, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, a story of a bipolar jazz musician (Michael Douglas) and his long-suffering teenage daughter, Miranda (Wood), who are reunited after his two-year stay in a mental institution and who embark on a quixotic search for Spanish treasure. One review praised Wood's performance as "excellent".
|Woods in Across the Universe|
Wood provided the voice of an alien named Mala, a mechanically inclined free-thinker, in Battle for Terra, a 2008 computer-animated science fiction film about a peaceful alien planet that faces destruction from colonization by the displaced remainder of the human race. The film won the 2008 Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The film showed at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where she received an award at the Midnight Awards along with Elijah Wood.
|Wood's in The Life Before Her Eyes|
In the same year, she also co-starred in director Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, about Randy "Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke), a professional wrestler from the 1980s who is forced to retire after a heart attack threatens to kill him the next time he wrestles. Wood played Stephanie, Randy "Ram" Robinson's estranged daughter. Of her performance, one critic wrote, "Once her character stops stonewalling her father and hears him out, Wood provides a fine foil for Rourke in their turbulent scenes together."
Wood has a role in Woody Allen's Whatever Works, which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. She plays the young wife of Larry David's character. In May 2009, she played Juliet in six fundraising performances of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Theater In The Park. The production was directed by her brother, who also starred.
|Wood's in True Blood|
In productionWood has been attached to play writer Anne Brontë in the film Brontë, the title character in Flora Plum and will be involved in the film Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll. Variety reported in May 2010 that Wood and Marilyn Manson were attached to star in a slasher film entitled Splatter Sisters.
Personal lifeWood has described her religion as Jewish (her mother is a convert to Judaism and her father is Christian). She briefly attended Cary Elementary, a public school in Cary, North Carolina. She was home-schooled and received her high school diploma at age 15. Wood has a black belt in taekwondo.
|Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell|
|Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson|
In summer 2011, Wood was reported to have rekindled her relationship with Jamie Bell, five years after they first parted ways. Wood wears a diamond ring on her ring finger that often gets mistaken for an engagement ring, but she has stated on her Twitter: "Sorry to disappoint, but I have been wearing that diamond on my left hand since I was 14. It was my aunt's. Any engagement rumor is false."
In April 2011, Wood came out as bisexual in an interview with Esquire.
|1998||Profiler||Chloe Waters||6 Episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actress
|1999–2002||Once and Again||Jessie Sammler||55 Episodes
Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Drama or Comedy)
Nominated — YoungStar Award for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Drama TV Series
|2002||The West Wing||Hogan Cregg||1 episode The Black Vera Wang|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Nora Easton||Got Murder? - Season 3, Episode 12|
|2009–2011||True Blood||Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq||6 episodes|
|2011||Mildred Pierce||Veda Pierce||HBO Miniseries
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1999||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actress||Practical Magic|
|Nominated||YoungStar Awards||Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Mini: Series/Made for TV Film||Down Will Come Baby|
|2000||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Supporting Young Actress||Profiler|
|Nominated||YoungStar Awards||Best Young Actress/Performance in a Drama TV Series||Once and Again|
|2001||Won||Young Artist Awards||Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Drama or Comedy)|
|2002||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress||Little Secrets|
|2003||Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress||The Missing|
|Won||Bratislava International Film Festival||Special Mention Award||Thirteen|
|Nominated||Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress|
|2004||Won||Las Vegas Film Critics Society||Youth in Film|
|Nominated||Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role|
|Nominated||Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role: Female|
|Won||Breakthrough Performance: On Screen|
|Won||Prism Awards||Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film|
|Nominated||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress|
|Nominated||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama|
|Nominated||MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Female Performance|
|Nominated||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Young Actor/Actress|
|Nominated||Golden Globes||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama|
|Nominated||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role|
|2008||Nominated||Utah Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Performance by an Actress||The Wrestler|
|2011||Nominated||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie||Mildred Pierce|
|Nominated||Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television|
|2012||Nominated||Golden Globes||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television|
|Nominated||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Acting Ensemble||The Ides of March|
|Nominated||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble|
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